I started a Christmas quilt last year, and finally got it finished in time for Christmas this year. It was a Christmas quilt kit, the first and only kit I’ve ever purchased.
I actually finished the quilt top in plenty of time for Christmas 2010, but was so scared that I would mess it up when I quilted it, it just hung in my closet for months. I finally got up the nerve to quilt it, and while it doesn’t look absolutely fantastic, I love the way it turned out.
I cannot for the life of me remember who the fabric is by, I think either Robert Kaufman or Alexander Henry, but I cannot say with certainty. I know I just saw it and fell in love, it looked so bright and happy.
The bows and trees are paper pieced, my first time using that method, and it was surprisingly simple. Once I got the hang of it, there was nothing to it.
I ended up basically just outlining the different shapes to quilt it. I wanted to try to do a meandering style, but I was just too chicken. But, I’ve got a quilt top waiting that I think I’m working up the nerve to try it out on!
I’m so glad I finished this quilt in time for Christmas this year. My next project is to finish the third of three pillows I’m making to match this quilt. I’m planning to blog about them as soon as I’m finished, hopefully in time for this Christmas!